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What Are The Side Effects Of Painkillers?

Alike other drugs, pain management medicines render multiple side effects on our body when consumed regularly. The painkillers or NSAIDs are typical drugs given to treat pain; they control pain by interrupting the pain signals you get from your brain. These medicines also work to reduce inflammation in your body, providing instant relief. But with long term use, you might experience side effects that will create a bigger problem for you. So, let us understand the side effects of painkiller in detail. 

Common Pain Killer Side Effects

Painkillers include over the counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, or even prescribed medicines like codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and vicodin. There’s a risk of side effects attached to every painkiller. Some of them are also addictive, and this could lead to multiple health disorders. 

The most powerful painkillers are the prescription drugs, known as opioids, which blocks the nerve signals meant to transmit the feeling of pain to your brain. These medicines produce a certain kind of pleasure in your body, making them addictive. Opioid painkillers like codeine, vicodin, hydromorphone, Demerol, morphine, etc. are prescribed by doctors in intense pain like a post surgery situation. The common side effect of opioid medicines is constipation. Besides there are a lot of other side effects experienced by people including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Itching
  • Weakened immune system
  • Tolerance to these medicines/addiction

The worst side effect that one could experience is difficulty in breathing. Elongated use or addiction of opioid medicines could cause breathing issues, making your body dependent on drugs

On the other hand, taking too much NSAIDs like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, naproxen, etc. may result in kidney damage. In addition, when taken in abusive quantity, these medicines may cause your stomach to bleed. They can also be the source to other stomach issues like indigestion or stomach ulcers. Taking a lot of aspirin may cause a different kind of stroke that result from bleeding in the brain. 

So, before you consume a painkiller, it is very important that you know about the side effects related to its overuse. You should always consume painkillers in accordance with the prescription of your doctor. Never overdose these over the counter medicines or other variants. Long term use can also result in irreparable damage.

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